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Social Sightings: Red Earth Interiors hosts stylish evening celebrating SS17 collection


Interiors lovers gathered at the newly opened Red Earth Interiors & Mindy Brownes store at The Beacon’s South Quarter for a night of celebrations of the brand’s much-anticipated Spring/Summer collection.

TV3 star Laura Woods hosted the festivities, while guests sipped on champagne and inspired dishes touching on the night’s Moroccan theme. Pictures: Marc O’Sullivan

Lisa Collins -Totally tropical tastes and ocean views

Two trends, The Tropics and From the Sea, are prominent across Irish, British and Dutch design houses this season. The lush tropic trend offers leafy green hues, while its watery counterpart brings about deep ocean blues and vibrant aquamarines found along the shores. The concepts behind both trends carry us from the dark, dull days of winter into a warmer habitat and given their equatorial span, bold colours and geometric styles from Cuban and Aztec influences are included in the current trends.

The easiest way to achieve either trend is by introducing appropriate colours, so experiment with nature’s shades of green, blue and terracotta. These bold colour palettes can be supported by com-posed neutrals like grey, white and earthy tones. Green is a symbol of renewal, energy and growth the perfect colour palette to leap into the spring/summer season.

Table top The idea of tropic foliage found itself across many table tops this season. No two identical pieces appeared on table settings, with many pieces handpainted and presented as a mismatch of organic patterns, shades and textured finishes. To achieve this trend, have a plain table top that allows the accessories and Delft-
ware to fully shine. Danish design houses leading the way in this trend include Creative Tops, House Doctor and Lene Bjerre.

Accessories Plants, animals and nature-inspired decor increasingly feature in our homes. This season, accessories offer fun and embrace unexpected homeware pieces like pineapple vases, jars, lamp bases and tropical bird lamps, which tend to make for beautiful statement pieces in our living spaces.

Furniture and Lighting Not to be left out, the Aztec and Cuban influences of the Tropics offer bold, geometric patterns and angled furniture and lighting. The style has a decidedly contemporary 1970s vibe. The 70s were dominated by sleek and minimalist furniture coupled with a Mother Earth movement, which perhaps stemmed from the hippie counterculture of the time, which rejected materialism and conventional values. It was a period of self-expression, individuality and the rise of expression through unexpected nature in our homes. In its current incarnation,furniture and mirrors sport angular shapes or are circular and geometric in style. They are visually abstract, offering unique shapes and designs to our homes. Bloomingville at London’s Top Drawer has married these two trends together very well. Red Earth interiors and lifestyle also offer 70s inspired pieces.So, for the spring/summer season ahead, nature will be the hero with explosions of hues of blues and greens covering our walls. Meanwhile, the simple and revolutionary take on 70s inspired furniture will hit the high street and independent creative retailers this year.

Lisa Collins is group manager of home interiors and giftware chain Red Earth and its in-house Mindy Brownes label. The group has outlets in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, and at Beacon South Quarter in Dublin.